The Making Room

Investigating innovative ways of sharing the creative process from start to premiere

Christal at the Jacob's Pillow residency. Photo: Lila Hurwitz

Christal at the Jacob's Pillow residency. Photo: Lila Hurwitz

Christal Brown

Dance Artist

Christal Brown (performer, choreographer, educator, activist, mother, disciple of Christ) is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance and Faculty Director of MiddCORE at Middlebury College. Christal is a native of Kinston, NC, where she remembers cleaning up on Saturday mornings as a child to the music of the Chi-Lites, Marvin Gaye, and Shirley Caesar. These rituals innately produced a strong desire in her to make all work melodic, sensual, meaningful and set to music. Christal has danced since she was released from the confines of piano lessons at age nine. As an artist and entrepreneur working in the fields of education, entertainment, and community engagement, Christal creates pathways of understanding both on an off stage. Her education includes undergraduate degrees in dance and business from The University of NC at Greensboro and an MFA in new media art from Long Island University. Outside of academia Christal has been mentored by MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman and worked alongside Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bill T. Jones, Donna Faye Burchfield, Chuck Davis and Bebe Miller; pioneers of embodied scholarship.